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Donate first few dollars of every paycheck to support the Temple activities.
All Temple activities, including development of facilities, are fully funded from donations and contributions from devotees and the community.
SivaKameshwari Temple (SKT) needs your kind and generous support in the form of financial contributions as well as volunteer work to make the various programs, including the temple development project, a reality.
SKT is a nonprofit organization (83-1669026) and as such all donations for the temple activities are fully tax deductible, to the extent allowed by the law.
Sponsorships (Donations) are needed for the following SKT Funds
- General Fund (Covers Operational Expenses)
SKT is extremely grateful for the donation from all the sponsors and contributors, which has allowed it to provide the required religious, cultural, and educational services.
All Scriptures in Hinduism lay a great emphasis on the act of giving away part of your income.
The Upanishads, a text containing the philosophical concepts of Hinduism, talks about dāna (giving to an individual, in distress or in need, as an act of virtue). The Upanishads states that the three characteristics of a good person are damah (self-restraint), daya (compassion or love for all life) and dāna (charity).
Dāna can also take the form of philanthropic public projects that empower and help many. Historical records indicate that dāna is an ancient practice in Indian traditions, tracing back to Vedic traditions.
The Rig Veda, one of the four sacred texts in Hinduism, contains the earliest discussion of dāna in the Vedas. The Rig Veda relates it to satya (truth) and to the guilt one feels from not giving to those in need.
दानेन भुतानि वशीभवन्ति दानेन वैराण्यपि यान्ति नाशम्।
परोऽपि बन्धुत्वमुपैति दानैर्दान हि सर्वव्यसनानि हन्ति॥
dānena bhūtāni vaśībhavanti dānena vairāṇyapi yānti nāśam।
paro’pi bandhutvamupaiti dānairdāna hi sarvavyasanāni hanti॥
दान से सभी प्राणी वश होते है; दान से बैर (शत्रुताओं) का नाश होता है।
दान से शत्रु भी भाई बन जाता है; दान से सभी व्यसनों का नाश होता है॥
Charity can subdue any creature, charity can eliminate enemies and make them allies.Charity indeed is the cure for all bad things.
Source: Subhashit Samgraha Dana-Prashamsa 25
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